Snapping a screenshot across a plethora of various mobile and desktop devices can be confusing at times. Computer platforms like Mac and PC go about taking screenshots in completely different manners. Things get even more complicated when considering the hundreds of different phone models on the market. If you are struggling to remember all of the different screenshot shortcuts out there, Express.co.uk shows you here how to do it step by step.
How to take a screenshot on a Mac
Macbook laptops and desktop Mac computers all have a few different options for snapping a screenshot of your screen.
To capture the entire screen at once tap CMD, SHIFT and 3 at once.
If you hear a camera shutter sound effect, it means your computer took a screenshot and you can find it on your desktop.
To capture a select portion of the screen, tap CMD, SHIFT and 4 at once.
A draggable tool will pop up on the screen, which you can drag around to make your screenshot selection. The photo will save to your desktop.
How to take a screenshot: Follow this guide to take a screengrab on your device
Alternatively, you can hit CMD, SHIFT and 5 at the same time for the new screenshot tool to pop up.
With macOS Mojave, press Shift-Command
Apple said: “With macOS Mojave, press Shift-Command ( )-5 on your keyboard to see all the controls you need to capture still images and record video of your screen.
“Use these onscreen controls to select whether to capture the entire screen, capture a window, capture a selected portion, or record a video of the screen.
“To capture the Touch Bar, continue to use Shift-Command-6.”
When saving your screenshots, Mac OS will automatically name the saved files ”Screen Shot ‘date at time’” in the PNG format.
How to take a screenshot on a Windows PC
Taking a screenshot on your Windows device might seem a bit more finicky when compared to Mac OS but these two steps will help you.
Look down at your keyboard and locate and tap the Function (Fn) and PrintScreen (PrtScr) buttons at the same time.
Windows will take a grab of your screen and save it to the clipboard.
Alternatively, you can hold down Alt and PrtScr to take a screenshot of just your active window.
Windows should save the screenshot to the OneDrive Pictures folder, under Screenshots.
You can also open up an image process like Microsoft Paint and hit Ctrl and V to paste the screenshot into the program.
This will let you edit the photo and save it to whatever location you want.
Another method involves using the built-in Snipping Tool.
The Snipping Tool, which you can find under your installed Windows apps, will let you select which part of the screen you want to grab.
Open the program, select one of the snipping modes available and grab your screenshot.
The Snipping Tool will then let you draw over the screen grab with a highlighter or pen before it asks you to save it to wherever you want.
How to take a screenshot on Windows: The Snipping Tool will help you out
How to take a screenshot on iOS
Before the introduction of the bezel-less iPhone X, snapping a screenshot involved pressing down on the Power Button and Home Button at once.
The phone would then save whatever was on your screen to the Photos App.
But the iPhone X and later generations of Apple’s flagship device no longer sport a Home Button and fans might be wondering what the new shortcut is.
To take a screenshot on an iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XR, you need to press down on the Side Button/Sleep Button and the Volume Up button at the same time.
After you snap your screenshot, a little thumbnail of your photo will appear in the bottom-left corner.
How to take a screenshot on iOS: Hold down the Side Button and Volume Up
How to take a screenshot on Android: Android devices all have different shortcuts
Apple explained: “Press and hold the Side button on the right side of your iPhone.
“Immediately click the Volume up button on the left side, then release the buttons.
“A thumbnail of your screenshot appears in the lower-left corner of your iPhone.
“Tap the thumbnail to add drawings and text with Markup, or press and hold the thumbnail to share the screenshot.
“Swipe left on the thumbnail to dismiss it.”
How to take a screenshot on Android phones
Despite the wide range of Android phones and manufacturers on the market, most devices rocking the latest version of the Google OS follow a few simple shortcuts.
Try hitting the Power Button and the Volume Up or Down button at the same time. If successful, the screen will flash and save your screen grab.
If that does not work, you can try some swipe gestures which work on certain devices like Samsung phones.
Try a palm-swipe gesture by moving your palm across the surface of your from the left to the right.
If that does not work but you have the Google Assistant installed on your phone, trigger the app by saying “Okay Google”.
If the app opens, you can tell the assistant to take a screenshot by saying: “Okay Google, take a screenshot”.